Found 2 items, similar to motive.
English → English
n 1: the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action
toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that
which gives purpose and direction to behavior; “we did
not understand his motivation”
; “he acted with the best
2: a theme that is elaborated on in a piece of music [syn: motif
adj 1: causing or able to cause motion; “a motive force”
; “motor energy”
2: impelling to action; “it may well be that ethical language
has primarily a motivative function”
- Arthur Pap; “motive
; “motivating arguments”
English → English
, n. [F. motif, LL. motivum, from motivus
moving, fr. L. movere, motum, to move. See Move
1. That which moves; a mover. [Obs.] --Shak.
2. That which incites to action; anything prompting or
exciting to choise, or moving the will; cause; reason;
inducement; object; motivation.
By motive, I mean the whole of that which moves,
excites, or invites the mind to volition, whether
that be one thing singly, or many things
conjunctively. --J. Edwards.
3. (Mus.) The theme or subject; a leading phrase or passage
which is reproduced and varied through the course of a
comor a movement; a short figure, or melodic germ, out of
which a whole movement is develpoed. See also Leading motive
, under Leading
. [Written also motivo
4. (Fine Arts) That which produces conception, invention, or
creation in the mind of the artist in undertaking his
subject; the guiding or controlling idea manifested in a
work of art, or any part of one.
Syn: Incentive; incitement; inducement; reason; spur;
. Motive is the word
originally used in speaking of that which determines
the choice. We call it an inducement when it is
attractive in its nature. We call it a reason when it
is more immediately addressed to the intellect in the
form of argument.
, v. t.
To prompt or incite by a motive or motives; to move.
Causing motion; having power to move, or tending to move; as,
a motive argument; motive power. “Motive faculty.”
(Mach.), a natural agent, as water, steam,
wind, electricity, etc., used to impart motion to
machinery; a motor; a mover.